What are the best notable books by Pakistani authors?

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    #1In Other Rooms, Other Wonders

    In Other Rooms, Other Wonders

    In Other Rooms, Other Wonders, a finalist for the 2009 National Book Award in Fiction and the 2009 Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction, is Daniyal Mueenuddin's novel that explores class and power relations in Pakistan.

    Hemant Jayaraman
    Written on April 6, 2018
    "This is a wonderful collection of stories that are all interwoven. I enjoyed the writing style immensely and it has kept me satisfied with every turn of the page. After I finished the book I feel like I had a good sense of what life has been like in Pakistan and overall it's filled me with wonder."
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    #2Broken Verses

    Broken Verses
    Broken Verses is a novel written by Kamilla Shamsie about a woman in search of her activist mother who disappeared many, many years ago. The novel was published on June 1st, 2005 by Mariner Books.

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    Rebecca Roberts
    Written on April 8, 2018
    "This book was so good!! I was fascinated by the mystery and the intrigue. It dealt with real-life issues in Pakistan that I feel many people overlook, that there are real people living there dealing with real life issues in the midst of so much international turmoil. I really liked the look into life there."
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    #3In the Line of Fire

    In the Line of Fire

    In the Line of Fire is a memoir of Pakistan's president, Pervez Musharraf , who as Time Magazine says, holds the most dangerous job. The novel was published on September 25th, 2006 by Free Press. 


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    Gerald Bradley
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "For those into books by Pakistani authors, In the Line of Fire is a good novel overall. A memoir of Pakistan's president, it tells about his daily dangers in office. Published back in 2006, it's still relevant today."
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    #4Burnt Shadows

    Burnt Shadows

    Kamilla Shamsie's Burnt Shadows is a romantic drama about a woman and how her life is directly affected by the wars against and within the Middle East. The novel was published on April 28th, 2009 by Bond Street Books.

    Barbara Peters
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "A wonderful scripted fictional book about humanitarian efforts. Kamilla Shamsie's book follows the life of a young Japanese woman who finds herself in the midst of the atomic bomb of Nagasaki."
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    #5Salt and Saffron

    Salt and Saffron

    Salt and Saffron is Kamila Shamsie's novel about a Pakistani girl, her life in the US and the ancestral issues she has had to deal with. The novel was published on  May 15th, 2002 by Bloomsbury USA .


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    Johnny Reyes
    Written on April 2, 2018
    "My Pakistani coworker is an avid reader and I'm always looking for the next good book for him. I recently did a search for the best notable books by Pakistani authors and stumbled upon "Salt and Saffron". The book is a highly acclaimed novel by Kamila Shamsie that examines her life in the US and the ancestral issues she has to deal with. Wow was he blown away. "
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    Kamilla Shamsie's Kartography romantic drama novel about best friends Raheen and Karim and all the secrets that come with the lifestyle they were born into. The novel was published on June 7th, 2004 by Mariner Books.

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    Arthur Richards
    Written on April 6, 2018
    "This book is very immersive and many readers will be able to relate to the story at the center of this novel. Two good friends have grown up as close as two can be, and their friendship grows into a romance as they get older. They discover a perplexing secret involving each's parents, and figuring out the story behind it and the implications on their own relationship is the gripping dilemma driving this story. It's very good not only for fans of Pakistani novels, but all novels as well. "
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    #7My Feudal Lord

    My Feudal Lord

    Tehminna Durrani's My Feudal Lord is a novel that aims to expose the exceptionally difficult role of women in the Muslim society. The novel was published in 1995 by Corgi.


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    Peter Flores
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "If you want a polarizing book this is certainly one of them. The author attempts to expose multiple points of hypocrisy in the modern day Pakistani culture, but it does jump around a bit too much for my liking. I prefer a more clear, linear, and easy to follow direction to a story instead of choppy prose. All in all it wasn't bad, of course, but not my favorite."
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    #8Bullets and Train

    Bullets and Train

    Adeeris Ghayan's Bullets and Train is an action-thriller novel on terrorism and wars in the Middle East. The action-packed page-turner was self-published on July 4th, 2014.


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    Rishika Gavde
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "Bullets and Train is a book written by a notable Pakistani author. this is a thriller novel about terrorism and wars in the middle east. this book is action packed and a page turner and you will not be able to put it down."
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    #9Controversially Yours

    Controversially Yours

    Controversially Yours is an autobiography by Shoaib Akhtar, one of the most renowned people in the field of cricket. The novel was published on September 25th, 2011 by Harper Collins India. 


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    Kathy Russell
    Written on April 8, 2018
    "I am not familiar with a lot of Pakistani authors, so I don't have a lot to go on here. I found this book to be somewhat interesting, but I've got to believe there are better reads out there. The author is indeed Pakistani, as it is an autobiography about a Pakistani cricket player, and it has it's high points... but I got bored more than a few times."
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    #10Butterfly Season

    Butterfly Season

    Butterfly Season by Natasha Ahmed is a cultural fiction novel that illustrates the intricacies of falling in love at the most unexpected time while dealing with life's diverse sensibilities.


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    Russell Gardner
    Written on April 6, 2018
    "Butterfly Season is an interesting read. It details falling in love unexpectedly and having to take care of the other bits of life at the same time; its a good piece of culturally toned fiction."
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    Sikander is a war historical fiction book written by M. Salahuddin Khan. This book is about Afghan war during Ronald Reagan's term and it is first published in 2010 by Karakoram Press. 


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    Zachary Taylor
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "I have never read a book on the Afghan war, so when I saw this I really felt like I needed to get it. The book is fictional, but from the point of view of the Afghans. Really interesting and humbling book, and would recommend to anyone interested in historical fiction, or just any of the US wars in general. I always find it interesting to read from the point of view of the other side of the wars that the US was involved in, and this book does a great job of that!"
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    #12Toba Tek Singh

    Toba Tek Singh

    Toba Tek Singh Raja Gidh is an Urdu book written by Saadat Hasan Manto and translated by Khalid Hasan. With over 100 pages, this book is published in 2008 by Penguin Books India.


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    Benjamin Hart
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "A lesser known entry from the author of "The English Patient". I can't say I'm familiar with Indian or Pakistani authors but Saadat Hasan Manto seems to be a stand out."
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    #13The Scriptwriter

    The Scriptwriter

    The Scriptwriter by Adeerus Ghayan is a non-fiction book on war and politics. This book would be loved by readers who are fans of a spy thriller. This book was published in 2014.


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    Victoria Nguyen
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "The Scriptwriter is a great book for anyone who enjoys a spy thriller. This book is even more fascinating because it is non-fiction. Adeerus Ghayan gives us a great look into war and politics. "


Best What are the best notable books by Pakistani authors
1In Other Rooms, Other WondersBooks 25 Paid
2Broken VersesBooks 22 Paid
3In the Line of FireBooks 21 Paid
4Burnt ShadowsBooks 19 Paid
5Salt and SaffronBooks 19 Paid
6KartographyBooks 18 Paid
7My Feudal LordBooks 17 Paid
8Bullets and TrainBooks 15 Paid
9Controversially YoursBooks 13 Paid
10Butterfly SeasonBooks 12 Paid

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